Gluten free bread heaven: Taffets gluten free bakery, Philadelphia

20 Apr
Taffets Bakery Gluten Free Bagel. Photo by Jess B.

Taffets Bakery Gluten Free Bagel. Photo by Jess B.

I HAVE FOUND GLUTEN FREE HEAVEN! Certainly I’ve found gluten free bread heaven!

Yesterday my Dad and I made a trip to the Italian Market area of Philadelphia. We went with one aim in mind: to buy gluten free bread from Taffets Gluten Free Bakery. Yes you heard me right, a gluten free bakery! Taffets is a 100% gluten free establishment baking truly amazing gluten free bread. I’d read about Taffets on several gluten free blogs (Gone Gluten Free In SF and Gluten Free Philly to name but two) before coming to Philly, and it was high on my to do list for whilst I was here. I was not disappointed.

Taffets Gluten Free Bakery. Photo by Jess B.

Taffets Gluten Free Bakery. Photo by Jess B.

Taffets is a quaint little shop, very homely, with the bread kitchen open behind the shop area so you can watch the bread making in action. Whilst we were there two bakers were making pizza bases, stretching the light dough onto round flat silver pans.

Photo by Jess B.

Photo by Jess B.

There were racks of delicious looking bagels, Kaiser and dinner rolls, quinoa and teff loaves, sage scented French style baguettes (which incidentally are served at Giorgio on Pine, a cosy Italian restaurant serving delicious gluten free options, as I discovered when we ate there), challah, brownies and chocolate chip cookies all fresh from the oven.

Taffets also stocks gluten free staples (pasta, noodles, flours etc) imported from Europe and Canada such as Schar as well as some American brands such as Bobs Red Mill.

It was simply amazing to walk into a shop filled with the delicious smell of freshly baked bread and know that it was all 100% gluten free and all safe for me to eat. Literally incredible, I was like a kid in a candy store! In store (and online) they have full ingredient and allergen list handouts so you can be confident that you’re able to eat the products. The bread, brownies and muffins are all dairy free as well as gluten free whilst the sweet items (cookies, biscotti and carrot cake) do contain dairy butter. All items contain eggs.

We had emailed an order in advance so Omer, the owner, had set aside some goodies for me. Omer was very friendly and we chatted away about the availability of gluten free products in the UK compared with the US and the lack of a good gluten free donut. I tried to persuade him to come to England and open a bakery, not sure I convinced him tho!

Some of my purchases: biscotti, sourdough rolls, quinoa loaf, kaiser rolls and chocolate chip cookies. Photo by Jess B.

Some of my purchases: biscotti, sourdough rolls, quinoa loaf, kaiser rolls and chocolate chip cookies. Photo by Jess B.

We left with two bagfuls of bread (it freezes well) and me with a big smile on face. I couldn’t wait to try some, so we stopped at Anthony’s Italian Coffee House for a soya hot chocolate. Whilst my Dad delved into a very gluten and dairy full ricotta filled cannoli (which looked amazing) I broke into one of the everything bagels I had bought from Taffets. It was so so sooooo good! Crunchy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside. It was pretty super sized and I did feel a bit like I was 6 months pregnant with a bread baby by the time I’d finished it – probably would have been wise to have left some for later but I couldn’t resist! It really was that good!

Gluten Free Baguettes, soft on the inside, crunchy on the out. Photo by Jess B.

Gluten Free Baguettes, soft on the inside, crunchy on the out. Photo by Jess B.

I’m now going to let the bread speak for itself. Hope you enjoy the photos. And if you’re ever in the Philadelphia area definitely pay Taffets a visit. Actually if you’re ever anywhere close to Philly, like say anywhere  in the US, pay Taffets a visit, it’s so worth it! (On a serious note they do have a shipping service for the US, sadly not to the UK).

Now back to eating the bread 🙂

Steak/ dinner rolls. Photo by Jess B.

Steak/ dinner rolls. Photo by Jess B.

Chocolate chip cookies. Photo by Jess B.

Chocolate chip cookies. Photo by Jess B.

Kaiser Rolls, poppy seed and sesame. Photo by Jess B.

Kaiser Rolls, poppy seed and sesame. Photo by Jess B.

Giant teff loaf and more petite quinoa poppy seed loaves. Photo by Jess B.

Giant teff loaf and more petite quinoa poppy seed loaves. Photo by Jess B.

Bagels, everything, sesame and plain. Photo by Jess B.

Bagels, everything, sesame and plain. Photo by Jess B.

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